Curiosities

May 24, 2015

Not Named Knausgaard 0

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Think Knausgaard is the only Norwegian writer worth knowing? Think again. Lit Hub has a roundup of “Five Great Norwegian Writers Not Named Knausgaard.”

May 24, 2015

Talking Seveneves 0

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Recommended listening: David Naimon talks with Neal Stephenson about his new novel, Seveneves. Pair with Chris Barsanti‘s Millions review.

May 23, 2015

How to Research 0

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David Nicholls wonders: When researching a novel, is Google maps enough?

May 23, 2015

Happy 750th! 0

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This month marks Dante‘s 750th birthday. In an essay for the New Yorker John Kleiner considers what the poet means to Italy, from the middle schools where his poetry is taught to pre-teens to televised readings of the Paradiso in space.

May 22, 2015

Read Fast 0

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This week in book-related infographics: “24 Books You Can Read in Under an Hour.“

May 22, 2015

“A Imperfect Dad” 0

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“As much as I claimed that I read for my own edification, it was a lie. The books I was most drawn to were those that were loved by someone in my life. Reading them, I thought, would teach me all I needed to know about them—nice and safe, from a distance. Reading them with […]

May 22, 2015

Living Like Fitzgerald 0

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Looking for a new summer home? Something with an impressive literary pedigree? You’re in luck! Now you can buy the house where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gastsby for the low, low price of $3.8 million.

May 21, 2015

Tell Shorter Stories 1

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“The real world is massive and chaotic beyond the scope of any story, but the novel has always been the storytelling medium that could come closest to capturing it. And the novels that dared to really try – from Hugo to Tolstoy – are often the ones that have endured.” That’s not to say, of […]

May 21, 2015

Against Wunderkinds 0

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Recommended reading: Alexander Chee‘s essay “Against Wunderkinds.”

May 21, 2015

Rereading 0

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“I’ve come to understand that I’ll rarely experience that first rush of discovery again, and perhaps that’s the problem with re-reading. It reminds us both of where we’ve been and where we can’t go again.” Sarah Seltzer wonders why do we reread books as children but not as adults? Pair with Lisa Levy‘s essay on “The Pleasures […]